Thursday, 18 October 2012

Die Antwoord - The Spectacle of "Fatty Boom Boom".

Referencing tribal decoration and the embellishment techniques of body painting with pigments made from stone, plants berries, mud and tar, Die Antwoord's take on the appropriation of cultural and creative references is epitomized by the 'Gagaesque' journey of the central character in this video.

Die Antwoord and the dancers within the video effect a, not sophisticated but by no means crude, novel dimension of performance through painting and disguising the body.  Consequently the seductive illusory effects examined here present the spectacle of human beings offering themselves as surreal and exotic works of art.  A decorative counterbalance to the stylistic appropriation of cultural artifacts often utilised by popular music icons. 

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